Kai Forsyth


I occasionally write about what work I’ve been doing and share my thoughts on design.

Some of my longer articles are also published on Medium.

A new shade of blue

After over three years on the incredibly talented design team at Atlassian, it’s time for a change and to try something new.

I’m stoked to share that I’ll be moving to Dublin, Ireland to work on Intercom’s developer platform and app ecosystem.

Atlassian and Intercom logos on blue backgrounds

I’m looking forward to contributing to Intercom’s mission to make internet business personal, and helping shape the future of Intercom’s new app ecosystem.

I’m sure I’ll miss living in Sydney, but am excited to explore a new part of the world and work on a different set of problems.

Open by design at Atlassian Design Week 2018

This year’s theme for Design Week was Open by design. Design Week is our conference at Atlassian where our designers, researchers and writers all get together every year.

We heard a bunch of talks that explored when it meant to design openly, and explored the ways how open can be applied as a design principle. Keeping with the theme, we also invited a group of our customers to join us in a workshop to understand how they used our products.

As like every year, you always walk away at the end of the week inspired by how much you’ve learnt from your colleagues.

You can check out at the Twitter moment I curated that captures some of the best Tweets from the team.

Speaking at Atlassian App Week

I’m excited to share that I’ll be speaking at our App Week developer conference on 19 March 2018 in Key Largo, Florida.

We’ve been making a number of improvements to Jira’s navigation and the design of the issue view, and I’ll be sharing some of the new features available for our app developers to take advanage of.

Atlassian App Week

I’ll be speaking and consulting throughout the week on how developer’s can update their apps to get the most out of the new design for Jira’s issue view.

If you develop apps for Atlassian’s ecosystem you can RSVP and learn more about the event. The full agenda is available on the App Week space.

Say hello to the new Atlassian

Yesterday at our Summit conference in San Jose we unveiled our new brand identity system for Atlassian and for our products.

New Atlassian logo

The new Atlassian logo and mark.

The new logo replaces the well-loved (albeit slightly dated) Charlie logo in favour of a modern, human and consistent mark that aligns an updated logo system for our products and our new design language.

Our creative brand and design team did an incredible job at reconciling twelve distinct products and two acquisitions into a unified set that feels part of the same company.

Make sure you read the behind the scenes case study for all of the details and check out the sweet trailer for the rebrand below.

A showreel of the new Atlassian brand identity.